• Vanderbilt University

    A letter to the community on return to campus

    Students taking classes in person are required to stay in Nashville until the Thanksgiving break. Any student with an urgent need to travel must get approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs before making any plans. If approved to travel, per current VU policy, the student will be… Read More

    Jun. 16, 2020

  • 2019 Convocation Address

    2019 Convocation Address

    Caption: Convocation 2019 The message below was delivered by dean emilie m. townes at the 2019 Convocation held at Vanderbilt Divinity School on August 23. we gathered in this space that was conceived by students, faculty, staff, alums, and the board of visitors when we started this journey in the… Read More

    Sep. 13, 2019

  • Staff transitions

    Staff transitions

    A note from dean townes on staff transitions at Vanderbilt Divinity We are in a season of transitions as we begin a new academic year with a “new” building that has increased the Divinity School’s physical footprint that better reflects who we say we want to be based on… Read More

    Sep. 12, 2019

  • A Faculty Statement with Regard to Wage Theft

    A Faculty Statement with Regard to Wage Theft

      Preface: We wrote this statement in light of a recent labor dispute, now resolved with support from Worker’s Dignity and the University and Divinity School. The conflict arose when a subcontractor of the primary construction company for the Divinity School renovation did not pay $66,000 owed to Armando Arzate… Read More

    Sep. 4, 2019

  • On Becoming Human

    On Becoming Human

    By: Katherine H. Smith Jeremiah 33:14-16 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up… Read More

    Dec. 21, 2018

  • Convocation Address from SGA President

    Convocation Address from SGA President

    What is community? I am standing here as the representative of our communal body to invite you all into our shared adventure, and as I attempted to write this speech I kept asking myself multiple questions. What did I need to hear as a first year? How do I… Read More

    Sep. 7, 2018

  • There is no peace

    There is no peace

    Photo: Reuters A statement from Emilie M. Townes, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, regarding the recent events in Gaza. I was shocked into speechlessness and a growing sense of horror, sorrow, and mourning when I opened up my Facebook feed on Monday morning. As the death toll and injury… Read More

    May. 16, 2018

  • Charge to the Graduates of 2018

    Charge to the Graduates of 2018

    Delivered by Emilie M. Townes, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School on May 11, 2018 to the 2018 graduating class. i have no new words for you that you do not already know that you have not already heard that you not already seen or tried to live, if… Read More

    May. 14, 2018

  • Religion in the Arts students create projects of community interest

    Religion in the Arts students create projects of community interest

    With Commencement on the horizon, students in the Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture (RACC) program at Vanderbilt Divinity School have been preparing final projects to complete the requirements for the program’s certificate.  Four of 2018’s certificate recipients are extending their creative reach beyond the Divinity School community to… Read More

    Mar. 13, 2018

  • The Holy Nugget of Lent

    The Holy Nugget of Lent

    Each month, Dean Emilie M. Townes writes a letter to alumni and friends in the Divinity School’s e-newsletter, the Spire. We are releasing this month’s reflection early to mark Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40 day season of Lent in the Christian calendar. Here Dean Townes reflects on the… Read More

    Feb. 14, 2018